Remembering David Smiley

November 17, 2021

Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre is very saddened to hear of the passing of David Smiley earlier this week. David Smiley was a founding board member and he was our political tutor. He taught us how to find our way into City Councillor’s offices to educate the politicians about the ignored needs of the Bathurst Quay residents, who were then living as waterfront pioneers, without any service to speak of. He was a leader in this new community, living in Arcadia Coop, photographer by trade, and over 29 years ago staged a community rally which challenged the city to build our community centre. As a result, has gifted a wonderful legacy for the community by his advocacy actions, his passion for our Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre and what it represents to the community.

David’s passion for the waterfront community will live on in the legacy Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre was built on. We will miss him dearly, WNC’s member number 1 and always first in our heart. Our condolences to his wife Ellen and son Eric from your WNC family.

DAVID SMILEY Obituary (2021) – Toronto Star (

Remembering David Smiley
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